Judith McSoley, long-time Adoption Rhode Island Director of Development and our own Angel in Adoption worked tirelessly to be sure that we all could make a difference in the lives of children and teens in foster care. Judy was the driving force behind many of ARII’s programs including the Heart Gallery. She brought countless partners and friends together to work on behalf of the children and families she loved. It was impossible to say no to Judy or to not be inspired by her passion and devotion.
Especially close to Judy’s heart were the teens at risk to age out of care who found Judy to be a fierce advocate. She believed in the possibilities for their future when provided the resources to succeed.
The tremendous outpouring in her name and memory from those who loved Judy led the McSoley Family to establish a permanently endowed fund to provide an annual gift to Adoption Rhode Island. In keeping a promise to Judy that her legacy will have a positive impact in the lives of the young people who meant so much to her, annual proceeds from the fund will be dedicated to ensure teens leave foster care on a path to the best possible future.
Provided scholarships for two foster care alumni to attend the FCN Foundation Alumni Powerhouse Networking Conference in June 2018. As a result of this experience, the young people who attended inspired ARI’s launch of LevelUP, a Leadership Summit for Foster Youth and the establishment of a Foster Care Alumni Group in RI.
Provided a scholarship for a recent CCRI graduate to pursue a degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College and fulfill his intention to embark on a future that will contribute to breaking the cycle of poor outcomes for other young people who have been in foster care.